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PTC-2234 Pen-Based Computer
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PTC-2234 Pen-Based Computer

Versatile and convenient computing for hazardous locations
There are few hand-held mobile computers that are rated for deployment in hazardous locations, and of those that are, the majority are key-based. The PTC 2234 is a pen-based mobile computer that is approved for use with a Non-Incendive rating for hazardous locations. An extension of the PTC 2134 Series of pen-based terminals, the PTC 2234 combines mobile data collection and wireless connectivity with PC technology for use in hazardous locations.

While many companies ask for intrinsically safe equipment, typically, Non-Incendive equipment meets their operational needs - and business model. The PTC 2234 Non-Incendive is designed for use in areas that are generally classified as those where ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, or liquids are not likely to exist under normal operating conditions. For instance, in environments where volatile, flammable liquids or flammable gases or vapors exist, but are normally confined within closed containers, a Non-Incendive rated device such as the PTC 2234 is likely to be the most efficient solution.

The PTC 2234 offers an integrated 1-D scanner and an RF-ID system. The SRM RF-ID system emits low-level radio frequency energy at 134.2 KHz and receives signals for TIRIS transponders in the same frequency range. The device transponder resides in the internal PC Card bay and offers read/write capabilities up to 5" (12.7cm). The built-in antenna also serves as a convenient handle.

Like the PTC 2134, the PTC 2234 is powered by an SC400 100 MHz microprocessor, which offers robust processing and very low power consumption. With up to 54 MB DRAM the PTC 2234 empowers users to manage data quickly and efficiently. Based on the open system architecture of Windows 95, the PTC 2234 uses industry-standard hardware and software, thereby providing the user with a powerful system that is easily customized to specific business and operational needs.

Specially contoured, the PTC 2234 was designed with the mobile user in mind. Its weight is evenly distributed to ensure safe, comfortable deployment for any type of user. Its 6" (15.1cm) diagonal full-VGA touch-screen is optimized for stylus input and offers block letter character recognition and signature capture capability. The monochrome transflective LCD display offers 640 x 480 pixel resolution, 64 shades of gray and a CCFL backlight.

PTC 2234 is available with either direct sequencing or frequency hopping wireless local area network connectivity. These IEEE 802.11-compliant radio options are designed for primary communications with host devices and provide a high degree of immunity to radio noise and interference.

With RF-ID capability, premium processing power and full VGA display, the PTC 2234 is a dynamic tool with unique capabilities. In addition, the Non-Incendive rating enables it to perform where many pen-based terminals cannot.

Features & Benefits

  • Hand-held, pen-based computing
    Ideal for mobile computing and communications

  • Non-Incendive rating
    Approved for use in hazardous locations

  • Integrated 1-D scanning capabilities
    Mobile data capture and transmission

  • SC400 100 MHz microprocessor
    Powerful data processing with low power consumption

  • Industry-standard, open system architecture
    Easy to customize the system to suit your needs

General Specifications

Physical Characteristics

8.4" (21.3cm) L x 5.4" (13.7cm) W, 5.7" (14.5cm) at the top, narrowing to 5.2" (13.2cm) at the bottom x 2.2" (5.6cm) w/o scanner, 2.7" (6.9cm) w/scanner

2.5lb (1.4kg) with battery

Operating Temperature
-4 to 122F (-20 to 50C)

Storage Temperature
-22 to 158F (-40 to 70C)

0-95% non condensing

Drop Specification
4ft (1.2m) drop to concrete surface

Environmental Sealing
Rain and dust resistant

Extreme Environmental Rating
Non-Incendive-UL 1604 Class 1, Div. 2, Groups A, B, C and D for use in hazardous locations

30 Hz orbital with 0.06 displacement

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
To 15 KV

6" (15.1cm) diagonal VGA
Monochrome Transflective LCD
CCFL backlight
640 x 480 pixel resolution
64 levels of gray

Touch Screen (Digitizer)
SelecTouch transparent resistive touch panel
Scratch resistant Mylar overlay
Tempered glass panel
Stylus activation with Palm Reject feature

Control Switches
Contrast +/-
Right mouse/user defined
Scan Activator

Status Indicator Lights
Battery status
System status
Scan status

Expansion Slots
Two Type II or One Type III PC Card slot
Latching sealed port cover

Performance Characteristics

AMD Elan SC400
100 MHz clock rate

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 95

Application Environment
Microsoft Windows applications
Visual Basic
Visual C++
AirVU for direct connect applications
AirGATE for server-based applications

16 MB EDO DRAM, expandable to 64 MB
512 KB dedicated system EPROM

Compact Flash
8 MB expandable to 96 MB

Additional Storage
Up to 175 MB ATA Type II in accessible PC card slot
520 MB Rotating Type III in accessible PC card slot

3900 mAh Li-ion battery pack
Integrated fast charger
Bridge Battery-rechargeable NiCD
Supports unit while being placed into suspend mode
Supports all RAM memory for 24 hours

I/O Ports
Serial/keyboard port
Cradle interface
Expansion module port
IrDA 1.0 port

WLAN Data Communications

Wireless networks
802.11 compliant

Data Rate
2 Mbps or 11 Mbps

Spreading Technique
2.4 GHz 2 Mbps frequency hopping or direct sequence
2.4 GHz 11 Mbps direct sequence

Peripherals and Accessories

Single-bay docking station
Vehicle cradle
Four-bay external battery charger
AC power adapter
Vehicle power adapter

Full read-write capability
134 KHz low frequency passive tags
3" to 5" (7.6cm to 12.7cm) read range

Expansion Modules
Laser scanner

Specifications subject to change without notice. All product and company names are trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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